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Shiner Oktoberfest - Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 972
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 14
Gots: 186 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: battlekow on 09-21-2005

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Reviews by jones3aj:
Photo of jones3aj
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shiner Oktoberfest
Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, TX
A.B.V.= 5.7%
Price: $1.69/ 12 oz. bottle.
Overall Rating: [3.2 out of 5]

Appearance: A thin pour of light-amber, the beer fills the glass with very little character. Remarkably transparent, the hue reminds me of a glass full of honey. A half finger of head rises briefly, dying off moments after the agitation stops. You're left with a faint ring of bubbles to accompany you throughout the rest of the glass. For what it is, I'll give it [3 out of 5].

Smell: Roasted malts. Cider and floral hints that remind me of champagne drippings. A slight sweetness lingers in there, kind of reminds me of caramel or toffee. Hoppy. [3 out of 5].

Taste: Sweet, but dryer than the sweet smell suggests. Definitely taste a roasted malt mixed in with mild hops flavors. Reminds me of a hoppy champagne. Not very much else going on, here. A hint of caramel and butter... butterscotch? Tastes a bit metallic towards the end. [3 out of 5].

Mouthfeel: It felt better when it was still cold. When served cold, you get a crisp feel with an appropriate amount of carbonation (I know, what's appropriate?). I just mean that it fits in with my expectations. A tingle throughout, but not something like intense burn of a cola. Not as watery as the pour made me expect it to be. A very thin coating for a couple seconds after you swallow gives you a second to think back and reminisce about the fact that autumn is near, and this damn hot weather is on the way out! I'm willing to go [4 out of 5] on this.

Drinkability: If consumed while cold, this would be acceptable in servings of three. Any more than three, and you're probably gonna be bored out of your mind. In fact, keeping it to two might make you consider drinking it again, sometime. The midrange ABV will keep you sensible for the first few. In terms of fitting the Oktoberfest style, I would probably group this in the "Oktoberfest Light" category. It has all the characteristics, but they're just not prevalent enough for me. [3 out of 5]. (2,031 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Dull orange color, clear though.

SMELL: Malt sweetness, fresh baked bread, faint herbal hop, dusty grain, clean.

TASTE: Semi-chewy, wet, mild sweetness, spicy hop, floral, bread crust, toasted grain, slightly dry, clean.

Extremely clean and very drinkable. Just as smooth as it is crisp. Well balanced from malt sweetness to toasted flavors to bittering hops. A happy brew to knock back. (440 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stein a clear copper/bronze with a well formed one finger crown atop.Caramel,light toast,and bread dough aromas,the caramel malt is the most assertive of the three,maybe a bit one sided but not bad.Caramel sweetness also dominates the flavors at the onset,slightly doughy with a bit os anise-likeflavors in the finish.Its a decent stab at a fest/marzen beer,maybe a little sweeter than I would like but its not bad. (429 characters)

Photo of legalag11
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper-amber color with excellent clarity; small, off-white head fades fast. Heavy, malty aroma; caramel and toffee with a slight tartness to it, and some grains in the background. The taste has a slightly metallic flavor that is a little off-putting. It comes hand in hand with an apple skin and grape-like sweetness that hits immediately but fades quickly. Caramel malt undertones play throughout the whole sip. Grains are heavy in the aftertaste, toasted and bready. Very low hop profile in this one, maybe some dry florals in the background but at this point, it's a stretch to even say that they're really there. A mild cheesiness comes out as it warms up, again, a little off-putting but not so much as to make it undrinkable. Some leafiness in the very back end of the brew, but it doesn't feel very "hoppy". An astringent bitterness lingers afterwards, with some fading malts and yeast. Thin body, a touch of creaminess, but overall pretty thin with medium carbonation.

Eh, not awful, but not something I'll be likely to revisit. A couple weird off-flavors keep this one from being a solid Oktoberfest. Definitely many better options out there. (1,161 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The pint has a truly inviting,warm, subdued orange color. I'm not just being non-descript, its truly orange, like a lollypop. It is crystal clear and has about three fingers of fluffy bright white head that dissapates to thin film with dissapointing efficency.

I caught a slight whiff of sweet malt in the nose, with just a hint of cinnamon.

The taste is a light, mellow, malt sweetness with some nut characteristics that are quickly washed away by very citrusy hop bitterness. The aftertaste is bready and pleasing. Though this is not the most complex beer, I feel it is probably the most balanced example of the Marzen style I've had. The color is right-on and it avoids the sickly-sweetness that can often plague a Marzen. (732 characters)

Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a marzen/oktoberfest is supposed to look. I like their look, so good points in that catagory. I also like the type of paper they used for the labels on the bottle.

Malty sweetness characteristic of oktoberfests. Spot-on.

Taste is pretty good. Has a bit of that burning sensation that cheap(er) beers give your mouth. Otherwise its a nice marzen, and on the light side.

Better than some oktoberfests I've had lately, and not as good as others. Does Shiner make this one year-round? If so, that would be the advantage to buying this beer: getting an oktoberfest in the spring/summer. (601 characters)

Photo of RoninBirdman
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass, the beer was an amber color with a pretty small white head and a tiny bit of lace.
Sweet caramel aroma. Not very noticeable, but not invisible either.
Same thing with the taste. Caramel, sweet bread. Again, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming.
Very, very sweet. Too sweet for me. (299 characters)

Photo of Brauntasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of therealJAYZ
3.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of tigg924
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste is biscuit, light caramel, and a touch of hops. Hits all of the expected marzen notes and is a bit sweeter than I am used to in the style. An above average and affordable representation of the style, that I would consider getting again, even though I prefer other marzens. (280 characters)

Photo of ctodda
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber/copper color with a white head. The aroma is toffee, earthy hops and surprisingly, some flowery notes. The flavor is toffee, caramel and light earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of the best beers of this style that I have tried, but one of the better offerings from Shiner. (324 characters)

Photo of jamesmk48
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tallcoolone
3.64/5  rDev +9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle.

Clear-amber and slightly orange in colour. The nose didn't have much to it with only a slight malt-sweetness. The taste was more complex than the smell with a nice sweet-malt upfront taste. It was pretty typical for an Oktoberfest-style beer.

Would I buy it again? Yes. (296 characters)

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Irish_Fan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Jimjacobs
4.95/5  rDev +48.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very good. Just about my favorite beer (38 characters)

Photo of Dello
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mjh0527
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of jminch
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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Shiner Oktoberfest from Spoetzl Brewery / Shiner
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